Predicting a Freshman’s Georgetown Day

Banner - ForecastWell friends, it’s that time of year: the last week of classes. We’re almost to the point where we don’t have to go class every day of the week. Summer is so close, yet so far (because of the gloom of finals that hangs over our head). But fear not! There’s something even closer than finals that shines a little lot of light on our lives: Georgetown Day. There’s only one thing we at 4E can say about God’s springtime gift to us:

Actually, there’s a lot more we can say about Georgetown Day (just search it on our site). As a fledgling in September, I could only dream of Georgetown Day. I heard so much about it from upperclassmen. They talked about how it was like the Homecoming of the Spring, how it was a free pass to skip class to have the time of your life on a weekday and how it symbolized another terrific year coming to an end. I figured it had to be a great day. If it was anything like Homecoming, things were sure to get…crazy. However, I could not truly know what they were talking about since I still had not yet experienced it. But here we are. It’s time to celebrate in true Homecoming fashion:

*Only if you’re 21+, of course*

As I’m sure many other freshmen have not yet experienced Georgetown Day (and to those who have, congrats, but you’re still in our grade), I have composed a series of forecasts. Weather? Unimportant. I’m forecasting what may (or, disclaimer: may NOT) happen to you on this fateful day:

  1. Black out or back out. You’re at it from the get-go. One of your clubs starts partying at 7 AM and you are there right on time. You throw back some mimosas and before you know it, you switch to some stronger liquids. DANGEROUS, but you still pull through. The morning flies by and soon you’re strolling across campus, out of your mind feeling ~young, wild and free~. In the back of your mind, you know that there are going to be some pretty bad pictures of you the next day. You start to feel a bit more normal and decide to nap. But wait. You get dragged to another party before you can go sleep, but luckily the bouncer turns you away. Next, you run into another upperclassmen in your club (that met at 7 AM), and she convinces you to return to the party. Before you know, you’re back at it again. You later text some of your friends to see who’s up for Leo’s because at this point, food is the only option. One of them responds, so you leave the party…and you wake up in your bed at 2 AM, alone and confused. How did you get there? No one knows. Not even you. You had fun during the day, but regret the fact that you went too hard and could not keep going. Overall, you consider your day to not be a win.
  2. Black out and DON’T back out. You’re a champion. Your Georgetown Day experience is basically the same as that of #1, except you don’t retire to your room at 5 PM. One might compare this experience to the opening of Dylan Thomas’s poem Do not go gentle into that good night because, like the persona says, you “rage, rage against the dying of light.” Nothing drags you down. You apparently make it to several parties and live out the saying “lights on, no one’s home,” because your mind is just not in a good place. Your friends inform you of your actions the next morning, but you look back on the day with no regrets. You know that you killed it, and you are proud of your freshmen year finale.
  3. It’s a marathon, not a sprint. This is, arguably, the best route to take on this glorious day. It’s the advice most upperclassmen give to freshmen when darties happen. You do not go too hard throughout the day; instead, you keep a nice feeling going for the entire day and maybe even part of the night. There is not a single moment when you’re feeling too out of control or too subdued. You have the time of your life and remember everything. Your day comes to a close, and you lie in your bed, absently smiling at the ceiling as you look on over your perceived victory. You made it through Georgetown Day alive and spent the entire celebration with your friends! At the moment, you feel like you just finished the best day of your life.
  4. Becoming Nurse Ratchet. You spend the day painfully sober, taking care of your friends who need a certain type of assistance. Instead of becoming Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, you become Nurse Ratchet because…well, you know why this term applies here. Although I am all for helping friends, it would be not be very fun to take this route.

    Take care of them if necessary, but make sure you have fun too.

I, for one, am beyond excited for Friday. I think it’s going to be an ~interesting~ experience, especially if I and my classmates decide to go to our Problem of God section at 1 PM. The forecasts listed above give a general outline of how the day may go. Of course, anything could happen. There is always room for surprises on days like these. Which path will you take (or which will take you)?

Photos/Gifs: giphy.com, wruf.com

Soundtrack to Your Freshman Year

Healy_Hall_at_Georgetown_UniversityFreshman year is easily one of the most exciting times of your life.  You’re away from home, completely for the most part independent from your parents and left to fend for yourself.  You have a lot of new freedom, which also means a lot of added responsibility, but at this point you’re ready to take on anything.  While you’ll certainly experience a lot of highs and lows throughout the year, you’ll look back it with fondness and wish you could repeat it a thousand times over.

In order to chart the progression of your freshman year, 4E has decided to set your experiences to music.  For those of you just finishing your first year on the Hilltop to our seniors getting ready to take on the real world, everyone can relate to the craziness that ensues over the year.  For any members of the Class of 2019 reading this: take note.  You’ll be in D.C. before you know it, and you’ll want to know how to better expect the unexpected.

4E presents: Soundtrack to Your Freshman Year

1. Eighteen Cool (Hoodie Allen)You’re about to start your freshman year of college, and at this point high school is just a distant memory.  So long to questionable school lunches and classes that start at 7:30 AM.  You’re a college kid now!

2. Anything Could Happen (Ellie Goulding): You just moved into your dorm room (shout out to Harbin 4) and finally met your roommate after messaging all summer about mini fridges and comforter sets.  You can already tell that you’ll be best friends, and you couldn’t be any more excited about what the year has in store!

3. Young Blood (The Naked & Famous): The upperclassmen start to arrive on campus and you begin to realize that you’re on the bottom of the totem pole.  It’s ok though, being the youngest just gives you an excuse to make a ton of mistakes anyway.

4. All Night Longer (Sammy Adams)Your parents are gone and you’re all on your own making the rules as you go.  This college thing is pretty cool, no one is telling you to clean your room anymore and you could really get used to this.  Furthermore, you no longer have a bedtime or curfew.  Want to stay out until 5AM?  No one’s stopping you!

5. I Love College (Asher Roth): You’ve finally started figuring out the freshmen social scene at Georgetown.  You know where Brown House is and how to get to Pink House.  College is the absolute best and you can’t wait to tell all your friends about your super wild nights when you see them over break.

6. Opposite of Adults (Chiddy Bang): Things start to get stressful when you realize that you’re expected to juggle homework, extracurriculars and figure out how to do your own laundry.  College is fun, but sometimes you really just need your parents.  You’re definitely not ready to be an adult yet.

7. Home (Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros): It’s your first finals season and there’s no place you’d rather be than at home with your family.  The count down to winter break begins, and time seems to pass at a ridiculously slow pace.

8. What’s My Age Again (Blink 182): You come back to school in January and decide to expand your horizons on the social scene.  Suddenly remembering your birthday becomes difficult.  We’re you born in 1992 or 1993?

9. Take Me Home Tonight (Eddie Money): With the expansion of your social scene comes the possibility of meeting new people.  You might even make such friends on a dance floor and decide to leave with them!

10. Drunk in Love (Beyonce): While you may think it’s love at first sight between you and your friend from the dance floor, it definitely won’t be in the morning.  Just because you both like pizza and are in the College does not mean it’s a match made in heaven.

11. Tipsy in the Sun (White Panda): The winter weather finally ends and it’s springtime.  The nicer weather brings out a strong affinity for pastels, Village A rooftops and a general disregard for school work.

12. Doses & Mimosas (Cherub): Congratulations, you’ve made it to your first Georgetown Day!  You’ve heard so much about this holiday from older Hoyas and you couldn’t be more excited to make memories you’ll never remember with people you’ll never forget.

13. And We Danced (Macklemore): It’s been one amazing year, but as finals wind down it’s time to pack up and head home for the summer.  You’ve danced, cried, laughed and made some of your best friends for life.  The separation from the Hilltop is only temporary though, you’ll be back in a few months and you honestly can’t wait!

Enjoy your summer, Hoyas!  We’ll see you back on the Hilltop in the fall for even more debauchery and good times.

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Hump Day Chomp: The Diner

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Hump Day Chomp is a new weekly posting that intends, perhaps unsuccessfully, to make your Hump day a bit less humpy. We’ve found restaurants that are (mostly) cheap, rarely visited by our Georgetown amigos and, above all, pretty freaking good to get you through the week. 

Few culinary experiences can stimulate as much excitement as those enjoyed at our very own Leo’s. Some nights that begin with the highly anticipated dinging of the omelet bell, however, end in a deeply unsatisfying cheese-to-egg ratio, or, more horrifyingly, a lack of cheese altogether. After having despondently consumed a block of egg sprinkled with the occasional diced pepper or two, we can’t help but wonder what happened to the tomato and feta that we blatantly checked off on the omelet slip. Doesn’t writing “Thank You!!!” surrounded by hearts count for anything these days?

If you find yourself feeling like your aggressive politeness, excessive heart drawings and subtle winks at the gentleman with the frying pan have gone egregiously unnoticed one too many times, fear not. This week’s Hump Day Chomp hopes to take you off campus and into a venue where you can have your omelet and eat it too – and it will have tomato and feta if you ask for it.

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The Diner in Adam’s Morgan is the perfect spot for weekend brunch. Situated on the neighborhood’s main strip along 18th Street, the restaurant is a quick walk from the bus stops that transport to and from Dupont. The Diner boasts a cozy, Sunday morning ambiance, with countertop seating and classic ketchup bottles, diner coffee mugs and bottles of syrup set at wooden tables. The one drawback is that you will inevitably face the age-old, paralyzing debate over whether to go with breakfast, brunch or lunch. The menu has everything from Western omelets to bread pudding French toast, from steak and eggs to chili cheeseburgers, and BLTs to grilled salmon. Not to mention, there’s a whole section of “Eye Openers” featuring mimosas, Bloody Marys and “adult spiked milkshakes.”

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If you’re looking to explore a new slice of the District with friends over breakfast or lunch, head to The Diner and check out the other restaurants and shops along the main drag in Adams Morgan. Tryst, a cute coffeehouse and cafe and The Diner’s sister restaurant, is located just a few doors down (featuring Instagrammable latté art). Unless, you know, you’re really into the always unpredictable game of Russian Roulette that is the omelet-making process at Leo’s (which one will be denied cheese in this batch?).

Here’s hoping you use this hump day as an excuse to treat yourself. You are better than a feta-less omelet.

Photos: Stationstart.com, Flickr.com, dinerdc.com

 

 

 

Hump Day Chomp: Local 16

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Hump Day Chomp is a new weekly posting that intends, perhaps unsuccessfully, to make your Hump day a bit less humpy. We’ve found restaurants that are (mostly) cheap, rarely visited by our Georgetown amigos and, above all, pretty freaking good to get you through the week. 

To get you over this week’s hump, 4E is giving you some weekend plans worthy of day-dreaming about in Lau: A trip to our latest cheap restaurant pick, Local 16.

Although Local 16 describes itself on its website as serving, “the seasonal best from local growers with emphasis on organic meats and sustainable agriculture,” being the savvy, stressed-out Hoyas we are, we know the real reason to go there is the $23 Bottomless Brunch.

Dark and full of velvet, Local 16 appears to be a classic restaurant and bar upon entry, but if you go upstairs, you’ll find an open rooftop deck with lots of sunshine, foliage and a great view of D.C. — the perfect ambiance for an easy, breezy brunch.

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Bottomless Brunch ends after two hours at the table, so we recommend that you know your order before you get there -—you have more important things to do, such as consuming as many Bellini’s/Mimosas/Bloody Marys* as you can get your hands on.

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Note: Plan to spend at least five minutes of your precious aggressive drinking time freaking out over the fact that the mimosas are served in giant Mason Jars.

Local 16 offers all your brunch staples, so there’s sure to be something for everyone.  I myself am a classic eggs, bacon and rye toast girl, but I was seriously tempted by the cheeseburger with home fries and the breakfast and chorizo pizza (featuring a fried egg in the middle).  If you’re already full from your mimosas, they also have granola and yogurt or an awesome grilled vegetable sandwich.

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So as you sit in your sad cube in Lau, miserably contemplating the large collection of dried gum under that little shelf, take a minute to get together some friends for a reservation at Local 16. After all, there’s no better Hump Day motivation than the wise words of Blair Waldorf: “Have a little faith, and if that doesn’t work, have a lot of mimosas.”

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Local 16
1602 U Street NW (To get to U Street, take the Metro to the U Street-Cardozo Station on the Green Line. Or Uber.)
(202) 265-2828

Brunch:
Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

* For underage Hoyas, Local 16’s Bottomless Brunch offers juice, iced tea, or coffee instead.

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